Sue Coppock: Golden Team
A graphic designer by trade and keen artist all my life I decided in 2009 to give painting a go.
I joined the Gippsland Creative Arts Group and suddenly found my niche with acrylic painting. I am still an active member of the group and exhibit my work in various competitions and galleries, including four times in The Hidden Faces of The Archibald in Melbourne. I have been commissioned paintings in Canada and nationally throughout Australia for my portraiture work.
In 2014 I took on a massive task of ‘A Sketch A Day’ for 12 months. It was an invaluable experience keeping up my drawing skills and to remain committed for 12 months. I published a small book of my best work and had two solo exhibitions with most of my sketches on show.
2016 saw me creating textile sculptured animals, I really love the problem solving process to achieve the realistic results and I intend to develop more animals this year.
You can see more of my art, photography and graphic design work on my website www.suecoppock.com and on my Facebook page, Art by Sue Coppock.
Facebook Page: Art by Sue Coppock
Did you always envision a life as an artist?
I have been interested in art my whole life but it wasn’t until 2009 that I realised I could take my skills further. I took an interest in portrait painting and have since entered the Archibald four times. I have sold my acrylic painting work Internationally and all over Australia.
What was your first experience with making art?
I had sketch books as a child for years and my favourite memory was asking my dad, who is a brilliant artist, to draw a cat for me. He did an amazing job and I remember saying to him “I wish I could draw like that!”. Well 25 years later my young son asked me to draw him a picture, so I drew a realistic coloured pencil tiger. His comment...”I wish I could draw like that!”
Do you have a dedicated studio?
Yes I do, We built it about four years ago. It has a workshop, a kitchen and a large gallery space to hang my work.
Can you describe a typical day?
I love nothing more than spending the day in the studio. I flitter from painting to silk scarf dying to sketching and then to stitching. Whatever takes my interest at the time.
Would you consider your art making to be more about the process than the outcome?
Gosh I think it’s both. I love the process but I equally love the outcome and knowing when I’ve finished a piece.
Do your pieces start with a planned course of action or are they more spontaneous?
This depends on what I’m creating. If it’s a realistic portrait painting then the finished product is firmly planted in my mind, but if I’m creating a textile sculpture then I usually make it up as I go along.
If you really want something you will find a way. If you don’t you will find an excuse
When do you do your best creative thinking?
Usually when its 3am or I’m on a train or nowhere near the studio.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy looking at what I have created and think Wow! I made that! With the textile sculptured animals I love the problem solving on how to create the look I have in my mind. It’s great for the ol’ grey matter.
Best part of your day?
When I’m really in the zone creating something amazing and I don’t want to stop
What inspires your creativity?
Usually discussions with other artists or Pinterest. Pinterest is pretty good for inspiration.
What are you excited about right now in the world of textile art?
My textile sculpture and also the costume a few fellow artists and I are creating for WOW.
You’d be lost without…
My art group, Gippsland Creative Arts Group, great bunch of inspirational women who are all down to earth and equally excited about creating great art.
Has the advancement of computers and technology impacted your work?
Absolutely! It’s given me the opportunity to see what’s being created around the world in a split second, well, more like a couple of minutes with our internet speed, but still I love seeing what other people are doing on Pinterest mainly. If I am stuck on a process then it’s straight to Pinterest or You Tube for an answer. Love it!
What is next for you?
Well, where do I start! Finish working on the WOW creation. Do a few more textile sculptures for our group exhibition. Try and work out a specific technique in scarf dying. Maybe take up watercolour painting even though I have always said I would never do it as it’s too hard, but I have this sudden interest in it.